Go Baby Go!Go Baby Go! Workshop is Tomorrow

The Franklin County Board of DD will be hosting a ‘Go Baby Go!’ workshop October 16 at 2879 Johnstown Road.  This hands-on training on power mobility will be taught by Dr. James Galloway and Dr. Sam Logan from the University of Delaware, and will include information on how children ages 0-3 who have disabilities can inexpensively gain mobility in child-size, battery-operated and adapted cars. Go Baby Go! recently was featured on NBC national news programming. For details, visit the Go Baby Go! website, or call Pat Tietz, 614-342-5777.

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Role of Rehab Engineering/Assistive Tech Center in Supporting Employment

A free webinar on October 27 will present information on how rehabilitation engineers and assistive technology centers have important roles in supporting employment for people with disabilities. Register here. 

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News Posts highlight news items of particular interest to the statewide developmental disabilities community.  Links to related news stories noted in Pipeline articles, also may be recapped here.

Supported Employment Excellence Training, November 3

Supported Employment Excellence Training will be offered November 3, at Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Senior Employment Consultant Mike Heifner will present information about Ohio’s supported employment funding systems. Cost is $119 per person and includes training materials and lunch. Register at

Ohio SIBS Conference, November 7-8

The Ohio Adult Sibling Conference (SIBS) will be November 7-8, at the Columbus Airport Marriott Hotel. The conference provides a unique opportunity for people whose siblings have a disability to network with and gain support from each other. Speakers include: Andrew McQuaide, an adult sibling who works for the State of Rhode Island Department of DD; Meghan Burke, an adult sibling who works for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and, Kim Linkinhoker, associate director for the Ohio Association of County Boards of DD. Register at Contact for the event is Dr. Tom Fish, 614-685-8723.

Foundation for the Challenged (FFC) Event, November 12

On November 12 at 5:00 p.m., FFC will host a reception honoring the retirement of agency Director Fran Wesseling. The reception will be followed by a performance by nationally-known Cleveland-based dance company, Dancing Wheels.  This event is free, but reservations are required. The events will take place at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, at 1125 College Ave.  Donations will be accepted at the event.  Contact Carolyn at to make your reservation.  Online donations can be made at

The Arc of Ohio Training, November 19

The Arc of Ohio will host a training November 19 at the Holiday Inn/Worthington, 7007 N. High St., from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., offering an update on Ohio’s developmental disability system.  To learn more about programs, challenges, and changes ahead register now!

OACB Annual Convention, December 3-5

The Ohio Association of County Boards (OACB) 31st Annual Convention will be December 3-5 at the Hilton Columbus/Easton.  In addition to a full schedule of informative presentations and sessions, OACB will present annual awards during the three-day event. Details and registration will be at Note: The Disability Housing Network (DHN) track of sessions will be on Thursday, December 4.

DODD Hotline for Reporting Abuse, Neglect, or Other Major Unusual Incidents (MUIs)

To report abuse/neglect and other MUIs, call toll-free: 866-313-6733.  Please note that MUIs are to be reported to the local County Board of DD, however, there may be times an individual, staff member, or family member may feel it is a conflict — or that, potentially, a County Board may be involved in the allegation.  In those instances it is important to remember the hotline number is there to be used for reporting concerns.